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Another Labour Councillor resigns from Party


darkknight

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Clonakilty councillor quits the Labour Party

A CLONAKILTY-based Labour councillor has today resigned from the party claiming that that the Parliamentary Party is not listening to the views of rank and file members.

The move by Cllr Aidan Pendlebury follows the high profile expulsion of party chairman Colm Keavney from the Parliamentary Party for voting against the Social Welfare Bill and the resignation of Senator James Heffernan who was the sixth member of the party to leave since the General Election.

In a statement, Cllr Pendlebury said, “This is not a decision I have taken lightly but unfortunately the constant refusal of the Parliamentary Party to listen to its Labour Councillors, its constituents and its own party principles have left me with no other option.

This follows the resignation of Tom Cashman in Midleton:

The Labour Party deputy mayor of Midleton has resigned from the party because of cuts in this year’s Budget.

Cllr Tom Cashman told party leaders he was resigning because recent Budget decisions and broken promises by Labour made his position untenable.
He said: “I cannot in all conscience stand before the people who elected me and support the Government’s decision to cut child welfare and carer’s allowances and increase prescription charges for medical card holders.
“These are very real issues which affect the very people who elected me and who I assured would not be affected adversely if Labour were in Government. ...



'Gilmore for Taoiseach'? :cool:
 

Radix

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Gilmore for the gallows?
 

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Several councillors have left the party over the last year and many others are disgruntled and/or semi-detached. They're up for election before the TDs and have little hope of an economic recovery coming to their aid. Further they are closer to the ground and public opinion and many of them are to the left of the parliamentary party and somewhat unhappy with the leadership.

Gilmore and co need to be careful here as a disaster at the local elections will prefigure a disaster at the general elections.
 

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[video=youtube;_i9EynFr-qA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i9EynFr-qA[/video]

"We'll keep the red flag flying here"

 

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The PDs and Greens each had an ideology, an identity, and goals that they both made reasonable attempts to act on and implement while in government.
The Labour Parliamentary Party stand for absolutely nothing, sweet FA, exept their snouts in the trough.

I made a tactical decision in the last GE to vote Labour No.1 for one reason and one reason only - to prevent a FG majority. It's the worst mistake I have ever made in 19 years as a registered voter. Instead of getting a FG government with a tiny majority that would have had to watch its step, I got an effective FG government with a massive majority that can, and does, act with impunity with absolutely zero fear that its policies can be outvoted by a small number of disgruntled backbenchers.

If the wider Labour party don't overthrow its leadership, and collapse this government, then they have no future. They will be slaughtered.
 

Hand of Abbadon

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These lily livered "socialists" labourites give me a pain. They have no courage of their convictions and will run with the hound and hide with the hair to protect their own asses. The people should spit on them, they are less that lice infected dogs in the street.
 

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Ah shure it's only a councillor.
It's this sort of dumbass attitude that has permitted central government to erode local democracy in Ireland.
 

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The PDs and Greens each had an ideology, an identity, and goals that they both made reasonable attempts to act on and implement while in government.
The Labour Parliamentary Party stand for absolutely nothing, sweet FA, exept their snouts in the trough.

I made a tactical decision in the last GE to vote Labour No.1 for one reason and one reason only - to prevent a FG majority. It's the worst mistake I have ever made in 19 years as a registered voter. Instead of getting a FG government with a tiny majority that would have had to watch its step, I got an effective FG government with a massive majority that can, and does, act with impunity with absolutely zero fear that its policies can be outvoted by a small number of disgruntled backbenchers.

If the wider Labour party don't overthrow its leadership, and collapse this government, then they have no future. They will be slaughtered.


It is only a matter of time and the sooner the better. Labour have never had the bottle for the hard part of government and always bottle out when the going gets tough. Of course history will be temporarily hoodwinked by the weasel words of the Springs and the Rabbits who will say that there were lofty "national interest" reasons behind their copping out episodes. Unfortunately this time around Labour will be finally show up for what it is - a huge 100 year old sham.
 

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I made a tactical decision in the last GE to vote Labour No.1 for one reason and one reason only - to prevent a FG majority. It's the worst mistake I have ever made in 19 years as a registered voter. Instead of getting a FG government with a tiny majority that would have had to watch its step, I got an effective FG government with a massive majority that can, and does, act with impunity with absolutely zero fear that its policies can be outvoted by a small number of disgruntled backbenchers.

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In a nutshell. So many of us thought that Lab would put the brakess on the worst of the FG tendencies. Instead the large majority has emboldened them.
 

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It's this sort of dumbass attitude that has permitted central government to erode local democracy in Ireland.

With gobshytes like that the sooner the better Local Govt is erased rather than eroded.
 

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In a nutshell. So many of us thought that Lab would put the brakess on the worst of the FG tendencies. Instead the large majority has emboldened them.
Why did(or do) you think Labour really stands for? Do you honestly think Labour is a left wing party and FG is a right wing one? Both of them can be either /or to suit their own narrow personal interests. Principles and ideals matter feck all , it is all about holding onto power.
 

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Politics is Ireland is the art of

1) Pension grabbing
2) lining yourself up for board membership
3) Lying your arse off
4) screwing the citizens
5) Really bad acting in the dail, I wince when I see Gilmore postering while sitting on all that cash and still getting the socialist gimps to vote for him
6) Above all else, do nothing creative or right, just keep the meatgrinder going and you will get a very cosy lifestyle for you and your family.
 

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The PDs and Greens each had an ideology, an identity, and goals that they both made reasonable attempts to act on and implement while in government.
The Labour Parliamentary Party stand for absolutely nothing, sweet FA, exept their snouts in the trough.

I made a tactical decision in the last GE to vote Labour No.1 for one reason and one reason only - to prevent a FG majority. It's the worst mistake I have ever made in 19 years as a registered voter. Instead of getting a FG government with a tiny majority that would have had to watch its step, I got an effective FG government with a massive majority that can, and does, act with impunity with absolutely zero fear that its policies can be outvoted by a small number of disgruntled backbenchers.

If the wider Labour party don't overthrow its leadership, and collapse this government, then they have no future. They will be slaughtered.
Plus 1.
 

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This was the first time I've ever even heard of Tom Cashman! I know the Mayor of Midleton( not that it needs one) and others, so he must be a quiet man. Glad to hear he resigned. On a different note Midleton Council have 50 grand put aside to fight the abolishing of local councils! Most in there are there since time began, and seats passed like family entitlements.
 

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The stick virus strikes again. The leadership of Labour will walk away, or rather they'll be ran from the doors whilst the good ones at grassroots level are totally demoralized, and will walk away fron politics altogether..Fairplay to him for sticking to his principles.. Personally I think most of the 'Labour Rebels' are chancers, who are jumping ship out of self-interest and personal political ambition.. What's this, the sixth austerity budget in a row?

“I have absolutely no aspirations towards Dáil Eireann or even Cork County Council. I will leave local politics after 2014 when it seems town councils will be abolished in any case. This is about remaining true to my integrity. I went to people’s doorsteps advocating a real alternative for struggling families. I cannot now defend the party and remain true to my integrity. It is with a heavy heart that I do so. I have been a member of the Labour Party since Democratic Left merged with Labour. My political life was influenced by a life-long commitment to community affairs and I first became involved in public life through my involvement in Brookdale Residents Association."
 

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This was the first time I've ever even heard of Tom Cashman! I know the Mayor of Midleton( not that it needs one) and others, so he must be a quiet man. Glad to hear he resigned. On a different note Midleton Council have 50 grand put aside to fight the abolishing of local councils! Most in there are there since time began, and seats passed like family entitlements.
Where did they get this €50k to put aside.... is it from their budget ?
 

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This was the first time I've ever even heard of Tom Cashman! I know the Mayor of Midleton( not that it needs one) and others, so he must be a quiet man. Glad to hear he resigned. On a different note Midleton Council have 50 grand put aside to fight the abolishing of local councils! Most in there are there since time began, and seats passed like family entitlements.
Why does Midleton have/need a mayor?
 
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